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I bought the truck as is and this dent just bugged the heck out of me.
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So I decided to try to repair it myself, I went to Walmart, bought Bondo gold filler, spreaders, filler primer by Duplicolor, and extra hardner(previous experiences). I had a dent puller already.

I first addressed getting the majority of the dent out by drilling holes and individually pulling the dent out little by little, which was actually the east part. I then filled in all of the holes with weld being careful not to burn the metal.
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I then placed numerous coats of lightweight body filler, sanding with a pneumatic dual action sander with 80 grit sand paper in between coats. I shaped into this.
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I sanded one last time with 80 grit then went over the entire area with 400 grit, then applied my first coat of filler primer.
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I applied some gray sand able primer overtop of that to blend with paint until I decide whether I should color match or get it sprayed with bed coating. Here is before and after.
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I would Have just Inflated a Basket ball behind it between the frame and the bed. Did it on my old truck and the dent popped right out. Waaay less work.
 

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I would Have just Inflated a Basket ball behind it between the frame and the bed. Did it on my old truck and the dent popped right out. Waaay less work.
Meow he knows what to do when it happens again
 

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Looks decent for a home repair. Make sure you do something about the backside of the panel where you welded. The heat burnt the paint which will need to be recoated.
 

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I would Have just Inflated a Basket ball behind it between the frame and the bed. Did it on my old truck and the dent popped right out. Waaay less work.
That may work on half of the dent, but the other half was covered by a random piece of sheet metal behind it, And I am sanding the primer back down and applying base coat this weekend. Plus it was creased all the way across which is really hard to PDR.
 

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Looks decent for a home repair. Make sure you do something about the backside of the panel where you welded. The heat burnt the paint which will need to be recoated.
Thanks, and thanks again for pointing that out, I will apply undercoating behind there. Big thanks to everyone who replied I really appreciate it.
 

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Final result, not bad but I could have done better, I ran out of filler and was going out of budget. I will more than likely redo it after I get a lift and so forth but for now I am satisfied with it, looks a lot better than a huge dent.

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Color sand and buff it and it will look even better
 

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Still waiting on the base coat to arrive, I ordered it because apparently it's not an easy color to find around here. I will post pics when I paint it.
Primer will absorb moisture. You should have waited.
 

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Primer will absorb moisture. You should have waited.
I sanded the primer back down to nothing and put new primer before I added base coat yesterday. I planned on painting it that same day but I couldn't find the paint for under $200 a quart.
 
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